Posted 15 May 2007 - 05:07 PM
I work in a small office with about 10-12 desktops, pen tablets, and notebooks. the pen tablets are wireless, while just about everything else is wired with a cat 5 connection. There is also a server with windows server 2003 sbe with active directory. all the desktops, pen tablets, and notebooks are windows xp pro. All updates and patches have been done.
there are also two printers that are shared from two different desktops.
The internet connection is DSL, however, that part is fine, its the intra net that seems to be giving me the problems.
There is a linksys router model WRT54GX2 that provides the wireless and DHCP. There is also a 14 port switch as well.
The problem is that the router is having to be reset several times a week and the wireless keeps dropping the connection.
I kind of walked into this situation a couple of months ago and am looking for suggestions on what I can do to improve it. This is a small office with very limited money for an IT budget. So anything thats done would have to be with that in mind.
I think I can solve the wireless problem by centralizing the router better and perhaps getting an antenna extension kit for it. But the router constantly needing to be restarted is another problem altogether. What would cause this to happen so often? would using the server to handle the DHCP help or should I look into getting another router or perhaps a more sophisticated switch.
Any suggestions would be appreciated